COLONIE -- The Albany County Airport Authority is considering the possibility of locating a brand-name hotel on the airport property.
Airport Authority CEO Philip Calderone announced Friday that the authority will conduct a feasibility study of locating a hotel on the north side of Albany-Shaker Road, on land controlled by the Albany International Airport.
"Today's travelers are seeking overnight lodging in close proximity to airport terminals and parking," Calderone said. "An on-site, brand-named hotel would provide convenient access to the terminal while offering meeting rooms and a high-end restaurant to meet the needs of our region's business and leisure travelers."
The closest hotels are now the Desmond Hotel Albany on Albany-Shaker Road and more than a dozen chain hotels on Wolf Road, less than a mile away, but in a commercial corridor with some of the region's heaviest traffic. A number of those hotels brand themselves as "Albany Airport" hotels.
The consideration also comes as the airport is seeing a round of intensive redevelopment, with current construction of a 1,000-space parking garage adjoining the terminal and extensive renovations of the terminal. The state late last year opened Northway Exit 3, significantly improving access to the airport from the Northway.
Initially, the airport authority is asking professional consultants to identify their qualifications to do the study. Those responses are due by March 26, after when the authority could select a firm to conduct the study. The study will look at ground lease, ownership and management structure options.
The authority said it wants the potential hotel to have a direct connection to the terminal as well as parking facilities.The airport has seen growing passenger traffic in recent years, with about 3 million annual departures and arrivals.
The airport land is leased from Albany County, and construction of a hotel would require approval from the Albany County Legislature.
Many major airports have on-site hotels, which can be convenient, especially for people who are taking early-morning flights.